General Election to be announced by Rishi Sunak with Keir Starmer set to respond

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The UK is set to go to the polls this summer as Rishi Sunak calls a General Election, multiple reports say. The Prime Minister is set to hold the election on July 4, according to widespread reports.

The PM is expected to make the announcement at Downing Street after 5pm after a cabinet meeting. The Tories are facing 20-point deficits in opinion polls to Labour, but must hold an election within months under UK law.

Sunak's announcement comes after inflation news was announced showing a fall in the cost of living. Inflation has been at stubborn levels since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but the PM has made it a key priority to reduce it.

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The Tory leader has said inflation is “back to normal” in a “major milestone” for the country. That followed official figures showing inflation had slowed to 2.3% in April, only slightly above the target of 2%.

Speculation about a General Election announcement mounted in Westminster as Cabinet ministers were summoned for an unusually timed meeting. Defence Secretary Grant Shapps and Foreign Secretary Lord Cameron cut short foreign trips to attend.

The Prime Minister is reported to be informing ministers of the election plan at the gathering. Reports say that Sir Keir Starmer will make a statement in response if Sunak makes the expected election call.

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